10 Travel-Inspiring Films for Your Flight

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Good news, movie fans! The FAA recently loosened its strictures on personal electronics to allow for gate-to-gate use. This means we passengers have even more in-seat screen time, which means more anticipation-stoking entertainment en route. Here are the travel-centric selections that Flight 001’s crew relies on to get extra-pumped for arrival.

The Way:

Real-life father/son duo Emilio Estevez and Martin Sheen partnered for this 2010 film about the “El camino de Santiago” pilgrimage.

Vicky Cristina Barcelona:

Woody Allen’s 2008 dram-edy featured some big names (Scarlett Johansen, Penelope Cruz, and Javier Bardem), but the real star here is the uninhibited Spanish city itself.

Lost in Translation:

Set in Tokyo, Sofia Coppola’s film perfectly captures the freeing vulnerability of finding yourself in an unfamiliar city.

Roman Holiday:

This unequaled Hepburn/Peck classic first put the ‘Roman’ in ‘romance’ over sixty years ago.

The Talented Mr. Ripley:

The 1999 thriller features stunning shots of ‘50s-era southern Italy.

Monsoon Wedding:

Modernity and tradition converge in this story about an arranged marriage in India.

Darjeeling Limited:

Wes Anderson lends his uniquely stylized vision to three brothers’ trek across India.

Shirley Valentine:

A dissatisfied British housewife journeys to Greece in this hilarious comedy, where she gains a new lease on life.

Midnight in Paris:

Parisian glamour—both past and present—is paramount in Woody Allen’s wistful, moody film.

Buena Vista Social Club:

Cuban culture and music set the scene in this Oscar-winning documentary.